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Govt is determined to maintain peace in all parts of the country including CHT: PM

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:23 AM, 2 December 2020   Updated: 03:01 PM, 2 December 2020

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government is determined to maintain peace in all parts of the country, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

She hoped that with the joint efforts of all, the people of the Hill Tracts would be able to build golden Bangladesh as the happy, prosperous and peaceful dream of the Father of the Nation through socio-economic development. 

Sheikh Hasina also sought the cooperation of all for the full implementation of the Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this in a message issued on Tuesday on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord on December 2.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen, especially the people of the three hill districts, on the occasion of the completion of 23 years of the historic agreement.

On December 2 in 1997, the historic CHT Peace Accord was signed without the mediation of any third party, with a view to stopping bloody conflicts in the CHT, the Premier said.

This peace accord brought an end to the long-term bloody racial skirmishes in the CHT region and established the trend of peace and development there, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said achieving the UNESCO Peace Prize is a global recognition of this accord.

The Prime Minister said the post-1975 undemocratic governments (after the assassination of Bangabandhu) had created divisions between the Bangalee and the hill people for their self-interest instead of maintaining social stability there.

Killings, tortures and injustice, grabbing of lands and wealth and misuse of the state resources had made the region more unstable, she added.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has been implementing massive development programmes in all sectors, including education, health, electricity, communications, infrastructure and mobile networks in the region.

The Prime Minister said CHT is no more a backward locality because of the timely steps taken by the government. 

Noting that electricity has been provided to 10,890 households in the hilly areas where electricity is not available, the Prime Minister said that 4,000 neighborhood centers have been set up to provide basic health care to women and children in the region and pre-primary education to children. Sustainable social services are being provided.

Besides, an artistic and aesthetic complex has been constructed on Bailey Road in Dhaka at a cost of Tk 194 crore on about 2 acres of land as a permanent address for the hill people. 

Various initiatives have been taken to uplift the natural beauty of the hill districts and to expand the tourism industry, she mentioned.